Senate Republicans unsure on re-nominating Boockvar as Monday deadline looms

Senate Republicans unsure on re-nominating Boockvar as Monday deadline looms

Senate Republicans have expressed concerns regarding the re-nomination of Acting Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, and it is unclear whether there is enough support in the caucus to advance her candidacy by Monday’s deadline.

The Senate State Government Committee opted to move Boockvar’s nomination to the floor Tuesday without attaching a recommendation, a relatively rare step that members said was due to concerns within the majority caucus.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Republican spending limit plan reported out of committee

Republican spending limit plan reported out of committee

A proposal to limit state government spending passed the Senate Finance Committee along party lines Wednesday, as Senate Republicans look to resurrect a proposal that ties state spending to economic growth.

Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) is the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 116, also known as the Taxpayer Protection Act, which would amend the state constitution by limiting increases in government spending to the percentage changes of inflation, plus population.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Wolf, legislators and advocates join in recognition of Gun Violence Awareness Day

Wolf, legislators and advocates join in recognition of Gun Violence Awareness Day

Gov. Tom Wolf was joined by legislators and members of CeaseFire PA and Moms Demand Action to discuss what Pennsylvania needs to do to continue to reduce gun violence in the commonwealth. 

The event was held in recognition of Gun Violence Awareness Day which is this Friday June 7th.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Pittsburgh City Council approves grant for autonomous vehicle education

Pittsburgh City Council approves grant for autonomous vehicle education

After much discussion Pittsburgh City Council authorized the acceptance of a $410,000 grant geared at educating citizens on autonomous vehicles by a 7-1 vote on Tuesday.

This comes after council opted to delay the grant’s authorization when environmental, disability rights, and labor union organizers voiced considerable concerns over the possibility of autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
House leaders push bill to let state take over ACA exchange, start reinsurance program

House leaders push bill to let state take over ACA exchange, start reinsurance program

House leaders from both parties are pushing a bill that would take over the state’s insurance exchange, currently operated by the federal government, and plunge the savings into creating a reinsurance program.

The House Insurance Committee unanimously approved HB 3, which was formally introduced only yesterday afternoon by Majority Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) and Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny). Lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration are pushing for an accelerated timeline to give state agencies more time to prepare.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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